Senior North Korean diplomat meets United Nations political affairs chief

N. Korean diplomat meets U.N. official

UN envoy not carrying US government message on North Korea visit: US official

Earlier, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) released a statement of North Korea's foreign ministry official that said that the statements made by American high-profile officials and the joint drills conducted by the US and South Korea show that Washington is trying to trigger war on the Korean Peninsula which North Korea will not be hiding from.

Before the meeting took place, the North Korean official expressed his hope that the discussion would be "full of sincerity", Kyodo News reported.

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The trip, made in response to an invitation from Pyongyang, comes almost a week after the North test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile it says is capable of reaching the USA mainland.

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres had, on several occasions, expressed his willingness to broker talks between North Korea and the global community.

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Feltman, an American citizen and former State Department official, arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday. Although not representing the USA on this mission, it could be seen playing a role in the very active diplomacy now going on behind the scenes between Russia, China, South Korea, North Korea and the Trump Administration.

Feltman is the most senior United Nations official to visit the North in more than six years since his predecessor Lynn Pascoe visited in February 2010 and former United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos in October 2011.

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